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January 23, 1734 James Oglethorpe, Captain Ferguson and 16 men head out to explore the coast and name various geographic features
  James Oglethorpe
January 23, 1775 Noble Wimberly Jones, Archibald Bullloch and John Houstoun selected to represent Georgia in the 2nd Continental Congress by 4 parishes. They refuse to take their seats because the number of counties do not represent a majority.
  Archibald Bulloch
  John Houstoun, Patriot
January 23, 1780 Georgia passes a headright law offering families 200 acres of land, plus 50 acres per person, to migrate to Georgia. Some land is surveyed to be granted, but none is actually granted under this law.
  Georgia headright grants
January 23, 1796 Augusta is two feet under water after the Savannah River leaves its banks
  City of Augusta, Georgia
January 23, 1812 Earthquake felt across Georgia, as far south as Augusta. Part of the New Madrid, Missouri series of quakes
  Earthquakes that have struck Georgia
  City of Augusta, Georgia
  Missouri earthquake shakes Georgia
January 23, 1829 Crawford County, Missouri is named for George H. Crawford.
  William Harris (W. H.) Crawford
January 23, 1903 An intensity VI earthquake struck Savannah. Epicenter-Tybee Roads
  City of Savannah, Georgia
  Earthquakes that have struck Georgia
January 23, 1933 Georgia ratifies the 20th Amendment, changing terms of office for the President and Senators.
  Georgia, the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and the United States Constitution
January 23, 1940 Ten inches of snow covers Atlanta, largest recorded snow to date
  Atlanta, Georgia (1900-2000)
January 23, 1956 Singer James Brown signed by King/Federal label
  James Brown
January 23, 1964 The 24th Amendment to the Constitution, elimination of poll tax, becomes law. Georgia does not ratify.
  The Road to Integration
  Georgia, the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and the United States Constitution
January 23, 1977 Roots, featuring Levar Burton and an all-star cast premiers on ABC. It had been filmed in Savannah and St. Simons Island
  City of Savannah, Georgia
  Movies filmed in Georgia
January 23, 1986 Ray Charles and James Brown are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as two of the first ten performing inductees.
  Ray Charles
  James Brown
January 23, 1993 Thomas Andrew Dorsey dies from complications arising from Alzheimer's Disease, Chicago, IL.
  Thomas Dorsey
January 23, 2002 Levi's Call, a statewide child abduction alert similar to the Amber Alert is implemented. Local law enforcement agencies can place these alerts state-wide through the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.
  Levi Frady
January 23, 2005 Atlanta Falcons are defeated in the NFL Championship Game by the Philadelphia Eagles, 27-10
  Atlanta Falcons
  Atlanta Falcons postseason 2005
January 23, 2006 Ford announces that it will close the Hapeville Assembly Plant in 2008. The plant builds the Taurus, which will be phased out.
January 23, 2007 Willie O. "Pete" Williams, 44, became a free man after spending nearly nearly half his life in prison for rape. DNA evidence, not available at the time of his conviction, freed him.
January 23, 2008 Mike Smith is appointed head coach of the Atlanta Falcons
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